China Investigates Microsoft Monopoly Added: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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The country’s investigation into Microsoft may be targeting its “monopoly” of the Chinese OS market, after the software giant became the latest foreign company to go under Beijing’s scrutiny.
As for Microsoft, the company confirmed in a statement that it was under investigation in China, but the company’s representatives didn’t disclose any details. They claimed that the only aim of Microsoft is to create products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers need, and it will address any concerns the Chinese government may have.
The inquiry in question came after Windows 8 OS was banned on all new computers of the Chinese government amid reports alleging security concerns. Two months ago, the United States has also indicted 5 members of a Chinese military unit for allegedly hacking US companies for trade secrets. According to media reports, in result of all these moves, the officials of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce have visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, commercial hub Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu city.
The industry experts estimate that Microsoft’s OS software occupies a 95% share of the Chinese market, which in fact forms a monopoly. One of the employees of Microsoft China admitted that the visits were linked to the Microsoft’s monopoly in China’s operating system market. However, the name of that employee was not revealed. In the meantime, another industry source was quoted as tying the case to the company’s practice of bundling its products together for sale.
The officials of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce refused to comment the issue thus far. However, the industry observers confirm that the software giant has previously faced anti-trust investigations in other markets for tying its OS to other products.
For example, Microsoft was fined $731 million by the European Commission back in 2013 for failing to offer users’ browser choices beyond its own Internet Explorer, which is increasingly losing its market share. It is also known that since 2013, China has launched a sweeping investigation into alleged wrongdoings by foreign companies in a number of business sectors, including the pharmaceutical and milk powder industries.
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|China is communist. Complaining about a monopoly seems ironic. Just tell the population those who purchase an Apple Macbook Pro can have an extra baby ~|
|probably 99% of windows in china is pirated so how can they complain|
|posted by (2014-08-05 22:58:44)|
|The whole situation make me laugh. China you are ridiculous.|
|I run a small computer repair business and 2 of my main rules are: 1: i refuse to run any microsoft OS on any of my systems unless its a VM, and 2: i don't buy hardware made in china. Nothing against the Chinese, i just prefer products that last beyond the life of their warranty. I stopped using microsoft when windows 7 first appeared. Running wireshark i found an intermittently random connection that goes to redmond, usa. it appears for a split second and disappears that quickly that its hard to get the ip address and even if you manage to get it, when you do a lookup on it you get the usual timeout messages... firewall much? and why is this connection appearing? IF anyone wants a secure & PRIVATE computer, don't go near microsoft!|
|posted by (2014-08-06 02:23:38)|
|@KingTubby So in other words you do not have any computers. Because if you do not buy anything made in China then you do not have a computer.|
|posted by (2014-08-06 07:14:33)|
|For any American/American-company to open their mouth about ANY country at this point...|
Trade embargo and boycott of all American products, or a nuclear holocaust with China/Russia, take your pick.
|posted by (2014-08-06 16:04:06)|
|@jonjon13, Oh please get over yourself.|
|posted by (2014-08-06 16:33:24)|
|@ao1jmm, No mi$$ m$.|
|Having had numerous breaches in security with MS systems it is only reasonable for the Chinese to give the operating system scrutiny and personally would give it the heave ho out off a skyscraper window if I were them since every MS system is open to the world security wise as for monopoly Bill Gates was fined 2 Billion dollars by the monopoly commision when he brought out windows and began monopolizing the industry and had many court cases since it was quite funny that he was fined 2 billion given that he had already made 40 billion it was no great set back.|
|@ogger151" gigabyte & asus, made in taiwan|
|@kiingtubby, there are still components that are Chinese, you cant get away from them sorry,,,, about the microsoft being a monopoly,,,,, well thats false, they DO NOT regulate the market but the US government does and that is where the monopoly lies,,,,, and for those of you who do not know yes chinese government is communist but they use the capitalist system for trade and economy,,,,, its sad that so many have no clue and cant tell the difference between the two because honestly the US economically speaking is more communist than China!|
|posted by (2014-08-08 04:55:34)|
|Wow, they investigate monopoly? to think all the parts inside the pc is made in China.|
|posted by (2014-08-09 19:49:49)|
|@KingTubby Not all Asus products are made in Taiwan and besides that most of the components on their boards and notebooks are still made in CHINA. Open up a Asus laptop look inside you are still getting parts made in China.||
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